R. B. J. (Rob) Walker has been teaching at the University of Victoria since 1980, and is a founding Member of the Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought. He teaches primarily in the field of political theory, focusing especially on figures like Machiavelli, Hobbes, Kant and Weber as well as various currents of contemporary political, social and cultural theory. His research has focused on claims about the status of international relations, global politics and contemporary rearticulations of political spatiotemporalities. He is best known for a sequence of books addressing challenges to statist forms of politics (and thus to concepts of humanity in general and to politically qualified forms of citizenship in particular) arising from many transnational and transversal processes that seem to demand new forms of local and global cooperation. In this context, he has written widely on practices of sovereignty and the politics of boundaries, borders and limits, and been a major figure in the development of several scholarly fields: international political theory; international political sociology; critical international relations theory; critical security studies; border studies; and some early versions of globalization theory.
Currently he is also a Professor at the Instituto de Relações Internationais, Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. From 1999 to 2009 he was also Professor of International Relations at Keele University in the UK. He has also held a number of visiting positions elsewhere, including Princeton University, Australian National University, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. In 2008 he received the Eminent Scholar in Global Development Studies Award by the International Studies Association.
Dr Walker is the author of four books and ninety journal articles and book chapters, as well as editor or co-editor of eighteen other books and special journal issues. He is the long-term editor of the journal Alternatives: Local, Global, Political, and the founding Co-Editor, with Didier Bigo of the journal IPS: International Political Sociology. He was also one of the primary researchers on two major European Union-funded research projects (ELISE and CHALLENGE (video/book)) on the changing relation between liberty and security in Europe in the context of practices of exceptionalism that came to prominence after 9/11. He is currently co-editing a book on the politics of historical analysis in international relations, writing a concluding chapter for a book on Michel Foucault and international relations, and thinking about novel accounts of a politics of enclosure (and thus exclusion) arising from recent claims about the anthopocene and planetary integrity as transformative conditionalities for political life.